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Expertise: Race, media, politics, elections

Daniella Gibbs Léger is the executive vice president for Communications and Strategy at American Progress. Previously, she was the organization’s senior vice president for American Values and New Communities, where her work focused on the intersection of politics, race, demographic change, religion, and values.

Prior to joining American Progress, Léger served as a special assistant to the president and director of message events in the Obama administration. In this role she was responsible for helping to plan and execute the president’s official domestic events. Prior to joining the White House in January 2009, Léger was the vice president for Communications at American Progress, where she specialized in domestic and economic policy, as well as American Progress’s overall communications strategy.

Léger has also been the deputy director of communications at the Democratic National Committee, where she began working in June 2002 as communications director for the Women’s Vote Center in the political department. During her tenure at the Democratic National Committee, Léger also handled African American and specialty media and was a regional media director during the 2004 presidential cycle. Prior to that, Léger spent two years at the National Newspaper Publishers Association as their marketing associate and political liaison. Léger also worked at Sony Music in New York City for three years before moving to Washington, D.C.

Léger is a frequent guest on numerous TV and radio shows and has been quoted in various print publications. She has been published in The Washington Post, HuffPost,,, and Democracy Journal. Named one of “DC’s Top 9 Blacks Behind the Scenes” and of the top 15 African American women in politics under 40, Léger holds a degree in government and a minor in sociology from the University of Virginia.

By Daniella Gibbs Léger
Houston Dreamer Jesus Contreras on Frontline Health Care Work in the Age of the CoronavirusCAP ActionMay 7, 2020
New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the BronxCAP ActionApril 30, 2020
Dr. Angela Rasmussen on Studying the Novel Coronavirus and Other Infectious DiseasesCAP ActionApril 23, 2020
Unpacking the Economic Impact of COVID-19 With Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action’s Gbenga AjiloreCAP ActionApril 2, 2020
US Air Force Veteran Sarah Samere on the Hurdles of Testing for COVID-19CAP ActionMarch 26, 2020
Topher Spiro on State and Local Government Response to the Coronavirus PandemicCAP ActionMarch 17, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Zeke Emanuel on Managing the Coronavirus OutbreakCAP ActionMarch 9, 2020
Farewell for Now, but Not for LongCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2019
Trump Against the World at the G-7 SummitCenter for American ProgressAugust 29, 2019
Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Global Fight Against HIV/AIDSCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2019
‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental IllnessCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2019
Yes, the President Is Still a RacistCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2019
No Exoneration: Ned Price on Mueller’s Congressional TestimonyCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2019
The National Security Council and the ‘American Way of War’Center for American ProgressJuly 18, 2019
Steve Scully: An Interview With ‘The Most Patient Man on Television’Center for American ProgressJuly 11, 2019
Ari Berman: A Green Light to GerrymanderCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2019
Who Is Kim Jong Un?Center for American ProgressJune 27, 2019
How Oakland, California, Radically Reduced ViolenceCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2019
Gov. Roy Cooper and Navigating a Divided GovernmentCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2019
To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the QuestionCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2019
Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better SocietyCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2019
Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy IdeasCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2019
The Urgency of Equality, With Charlotte Clymer and Laura DursoCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2019
Filmmaker Ed Zwick and Storytelling to Drive Policy ChangeCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2019
Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel BarkowCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2019
The [Redacted] Mueller Report: Where Things Stand, With Max BergmannCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
Turning the Page on Climate, With Robinson Meyer and Christy GoldfussCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2019
Igor Volsky: Building a Future With Fewer GunsCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2019
Two Lieutenant Governors on the RiseCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2019
The Mueller Report, With Judd LegumCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2019
Kim Foxx: What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive Prosecutor?Center for American ProgressMarch 21, 2019
Live From SXSW: What Should We Expect From the Police?Center for American ProgressMarch 14, 2019
Carlos Maza and the Fox News White HouseCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2019
Candice Jones: ‘It’s Been a Month’Center for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2019
Representation Matters: In Conversation With the Cast of Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time’Center for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2019
Jon Lovett on the ‘Dumbest Criminals’ in the Trump OrbitCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2019
Mayor Eric Garcetti: From the Ground UpCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2019
The Conflicting States of Our UnionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2019
Why Rep. Jennifer Wexton Wants to End Shutdowns for GoodCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2019
Strength in Numbers: Talking Labor with AFSCME President Lee SaundersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2019
‘It’s a New Day’: In Conversation With Chairwoman Maxine WatersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2019
Crisis Management: An Immigration Update and Tackling Opioids with James HamblinCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2019
New Year, New Congress, Same Stupid Trump ShutdownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 3, 2019
Robert Mueller Closes in on TrumpCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2018
Progressive Lawmakers Flex Their MusclesCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2018
‘Thunderdome Politics’ with Greg SargentCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2018
Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra BlandCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2018
April Ryan: ‘He Hates Me, But That’s Fine’Center for American ProgressNovember 21, 2018
Rosamund Pike, Matthew Heineman, and Speaking Truth to Power Through FilmCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2018
Midterm Election Special With Neera TandenCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2018
Jeh Johnson on a Week of Hate and the Importance of the VoteCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2018
A Mueller Investigation Refresher With Joyce VanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2018
The Illiberal International: Michael McFaul on Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, and Vladimir PutinCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2018
Ike Barinholtz and How to Talk Politics at the Dinner TableCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2018
Michael Steele Puts a ‘Check on Stupid’Center for American ProgressOctober 4, 2018
This Is Us: Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Michael Tubbs, and the Long Road to ProgressCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Ambassador Wendy Sherman and the Decline of American Moral AuthorityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2018
‘Trump Is a Liar, and He Is Stupid’: Dan Pfeiffer on Trump, Tweeting, and Political Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Jeffrey Toobin on Brett Kavanaugh’s #MeToo MomentCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2018
Are There Any Adults in the Room?Center for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
Jason Kander Goes Outside the WireCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
The Biggest Enemy on Social Media Is the UserCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
How Brett Kavanaugh Will Provide Cover for TrumpCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
Thinking CAP Season 2 – Coming September 6!Center for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
Black Women Magic (Part 2 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)Center for American ProgressMarch 6, 2018
Black Women Magic (Part 1 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)Center for American ProgressFebruary 27, 2018
Politics, With a Dash of HumorInsideSourcesSeptember 29, 2017
I Went to the University of Virginia. We Don’t Need Statues to Remember our HistoryGlamourAugust 17, 2017
Sound-Off: ‘I Watched A Man Die On the Internet’ESSENCEAugust 1, 2014
Sound-Off: An In-Depth Look at What President Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ MeansESSENCEJune 3, 2014
The Ryan Budget Once Again Hurts Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2014
How the Ryan Budget Will Affect Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2013
Two Men Working Our Last Nerve This Election YearEssenceJune 5, 2012
Why Fried Chicken Is Still No Laughing MatterLoop21April 16, 2012
Trayvon Martin: So Many Baffling QuestionsEssenceMarch 28, 2012
Ryan Budget Would Cause More Pain for Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2012
Komen’s Backpedal on Planned Parenthood Funding Put Women’s Health at RiskThe GrioFebruary 15, 2012
Male Privilege and the Birth Control DebateThe Huffington PostFebruary 15, 2012
Obama Steps Up for Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2012
Martin Luther King, Obama, and My ParentsLoop 21January 18, 2012
Fear of a Black Planet: Pat Buchanan Says Diversity Isn’t AmericanLoop 21 blogDecember 12, 2011
The Path to 270Huffington PostDecember 7, 2011
Uncovering RaceCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2011
Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse AmericaCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2011
The Realities of ‘The Help’Center for American ProgressAugust 16, 2011
The African American ElectorateCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2011
NAACP Looks to the FutureCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2011
Could Chaffetz Beat Hatch in Utah?PoliticoJune 28, 2011
The Lack of Diversity on Capitol HillCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2011
Redemption in 100 Days or LessCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2006